Mali’s extraordinary legacy of textile arts, with its vibrant colors and complex graphic statements will be presented in an exhibition entitled “Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali” at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco from February 5-May 2, 2010.
Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali gives long overdue recognition to contemporary Malian fabric artisans and highlights the enduring significance of textiles as a major form of aesthetic in Mali. Featuring works beyond the mudcloth tradition, this exhibition seeks to showcase contemporary styles and techniques which have yet to be shown in the US.
With superb examples of dress, and accompanying photographs, the exhibition will document hand-dyed as well as factory-printed cloth. Social issues such as empowerment of women, the status of dress, and current trends in fabrics will be explored. In addition to the cloth and clothing,Rhythm and Hues shows other forms of traditional art and craft from Mali, such as wooden puppets, and the life-sized masked and costumed figures called “marionettes” which act out legends in the villages. Unusual calabashes and baskets are also included to show the wide variety of typical Malian craft and folk art.
Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali, West Africa
February 5—May 2, 2010
Opening Reception with Live Music February 4, 6 – 8pm
Member and Press Preview from 5 – 6pm
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